Three Hendry County teachers under investigation

CLEWISTON — Hendry County Sheriff’s Office deputies are examining video surveillance recordings after some Hendry County School District employees were accused of engaging in inappropriate behavior with students.


Ravin Lee, a teacher at Clewiston High School, was accused of sending inappropriate photos electronically to students in February, reported Deputy Superintendent Robert Egley. Lee is no longer employed by the district.


Laurinda Barraza, a secretary at Clewiston High School, recently resigned after having been accused of sending inappropriate photos to students through Snapchat. She had been put on paid administrative leave before she sent in her resignation.


Parents reported incidents involving both staff members.


Also, a Clewiston Middle School visitor reportedly saw substitute teacher Taylor Cathlett and a student kissing.


“It’s unclear if she was being kissed or if she was doing the kissing,” Mr. Egley was quoted.


Cathlett was taken off the substitute teacher list and is “no longer employed with the school district,” he said.


“The district does not tolerate or condone this type of behavior,” Egley added.

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